Originally posted on Buzz On Broad  |  Last updated 12/10/11

Jimmy Rollins doesn’t have many options left this off season. The St. Louis Cardinals, who were recently reported to be interested in Rollins, signed Rafael Furcal to a two-year, $14 million deal today, leaving Rollins with a very small market. So, what does this mean for Jimmy Rollins?

With Rollins asking for a five-year deal, many teams have been scared away by the 33-year-old’s request. The Phillies, however, have been open to talk with Rollins this whole off season. Earlier during the week, the Milwaukee Brewers were reported to be interested in Rollins, but only if he dropped his “five-year contract” request. Yesterday, the Cardinals were reported to be interested in Rollins as well, but only if he dropped his “five-year contract” request.


With the Brewers finding their shortstop in Alex Gonzalez, and the Cardinals finding theirs in Rafael Furcal, Rollins’ market has shrinked significantly. Many now believe that Rollins will remain a Phillie. He really has nowhere else to go.



But, there is always that chance that he won’t.

With numerous reports that Jimmy Rollins’ agent, Dan Lozano, and Ruben Amaro Jr. were set to meet over the course of the week, another one has risen. According to a source, Lozano and Amaro are set to meet Saturday night to discuss Rollins’ contract.

Some other news on Rollins has been released today. Reports are coming in that Rollins had minor surgery Thursday afternoon to remove a ganglion cyst from his left wrist. The report, which just emerged today, should have no effect on Rollins’ contract talks. The procedure only left a few stitches, which should be taken out in a week or two. Although this report is coming out today, Ryan Lawrence reports that this procedure isn’t as recent as claimed.



Jimmy Rollins is still a free agent, but it seems almost inevitable that Rollins will return to the place he’s called home his whole career.  

Erik Seybold is a contributor to Buzz On Broad. You can follow him on Twitter @ErikSeyboldPHI. 

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